Greatest Comedians of All Time

These comedians don't need to be the funniest necessarily (although they can be), but they should be voted up for also having groundbreaking or really intelligent ideas and/or great social,political or religious satire.

The Top Ten

1 George Carlin George Carlin George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and reflections on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects.

Compared to Carlin, nobody else on this list is even funny.

Nothing funny about being a Hayes HS graduate.

Well I agree because he always made my parents and grandparents laugh there butts off because made everything that he hates so much funny before Richard Pryor and no offense to Richard Pryor I mean he is so funny I heard a joke from him once while my grandparents were watching it and I sneaked in and it was funny :P the end

Well, obviously he's up here. He was the first comedian to make rants about things that he hated funny

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2 Robin Williams Robin Williams Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. He died in 2014.

Robin williams is an awesome man.

3 Rowan Atkinson Rowan Atkinson Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr.Bean

There are a lot of people in the list that most non-English speaking people have never heard of; but when it comes to Mr. Bean, everyone knows him. He's made the people of every generation laugh. I can't think of anyone else topping him.

He made the world laugh without even saying much and he's also good with funny dialogues in his other movies.
This guy just defines comedy more than anyone else on this list.

Made the world laughter without saying a word

Others are blah,blah,blah...

Yeah he is the BEST! Mr.Bean Rules!

4 Louis C.K. Louis C.K. Louis Székely, known professionally as Louis C.K., is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and editor.

1. Louis C.K.
2. Bill Burr
3. John Oliver

Definitely the best comeidan that is still active today. Extremely good at making people laugh.

Words the great ideas he has for jokes perfectly to make them as funny as possible. He is a "comic's comic" and he is just so down to earth and can talk about any subject. I don't agree with 100% of what he says but still is highly intelligent and just a true professional comic. Louie is a great show as well

He is awesome. no more to say

5 Bill Burr Bill Burr William Frederic "Bill" Burr is an American comedian, writer, and actor. He is best known for his stand-up comedy specials.

Just... Just watch his opinion of Yoko Ono and you will see why this guy is amazing haha

6 Ricky Gervais Ricky Gervais Ricky Dene Gervais is an English comedian, actor, director, producer, writer and former singer and manager.

Absolutely hilarious

7 Andy Kaufman Andy Kaufman

He brought ideas for comedy into the mainstream and defined a lot of what comedy is today. Good number 1

8 Jim Carrey Jim Carrey James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is well known for comedic roles in films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask , Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Cable Guy, Liar Liar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, ...read more.

He is a giver. He gives himself all the time.

This guy should be way higher! One of the best comedians of all time

9 Bill Hicks Bill Hicks William Melvin "Bill" Hicks was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and musician.

Best comedian along side Carlin. - StealthRUSH

GOAT

I always consider Hicks, Carlin and Stanhope to be the big three of intelligent, critical thinkers who should be president. Its too bad that Hick's career was cut short and he didn't survive long enough to see his predictions about the current world we live in be right.

10 John Cleese John Cleese John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report.

The Newcomers

? Jeff Dunham Jeff Dunham Jeffrey "Jeff" Dunham is an American ventriloquist, producer, and stand-up comedian who has also appeared on numerous television shows, including Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, The Tonight Show and Sonny With a Chance.

Jeff dunham is a ventriloquist and a stand up comedein. he lives in his home in California he is famously known for ventriloquist acts with his many puppets
auchmed the dead terrorist
peanut
Walter
little Jeff
Jose jalapeno on a steek
Melvin the super hero
bubu j
sweet daddy d
aj-achmeds son
and more - spyrocynder

The Contenders

11 Steve Martin Steve Martin Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, playwright, author, and musician. Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show.

How is he not on this list

12 Chris Rock Chris Rock Christopher Julius Rock III is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s.

This guy is so famous that I don't really have to describe why he is so good but I will anyway. His voice is one of the greatest voices ever, his ideas are just so true and his punchlines can just make an audience of thousands of people go psycho. This is because he builds up to his punchlines for so long that it creates the perfect amount of suspence and anticipation that would make anything he said funny.

13 John Oliver John Oliver
14 Doug Stanhope Doug Stanhope Douglas Gene "Doug" Stanhope is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author known for his cynical, controversial comedy style and libertarian political views.

Just watch "word of mouth" if you haven't. Its a great starting point to see the brilliance of this guy's work. You just have to watch his stuff cause words can't describe his intelligence and comic ability and why he's the greatest comedian of all time. Keep it up Doug!

15 Frankie Boyle Frankie Boyle Francis Martin Patrick "Frankie" Boyle is a Scottish comedian and writer, well known for his pessimistic and often controversial sense of humour.
16 Norm MacDonald Norm MacDonald
17 Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld

The greatest while using the simplest material!

18 Will Smith Will Smith Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He is best known for his acting career overall. He has been in many popular movies, These include, but are not limited to, the Men in Black franchise, The Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is ...read more.
19 Patrice O'Neal
20 Michael McIntyre Michael McIntyre Michael Hazen James McIntyre is an English comedian, actor and presenter. In 2012, he was reported to be the highest-grossing comedian in the world.
21 Woody Allen Woody Allen Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, playwright and musician, whose career spans more than six decades.

Vulnerable, self deprecating brilliant

22 Chelsea Peretti
23 Richard Pryor Richard Pryor Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and social critic. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed vulgarities and profanity, as well as racial epithets.

Prior is so far beyond anyone else on this list it's hard to give any merit to a list putting him so low on the list.

Pryor is 1 or 2. Ridiculous.

THIS IS THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME! What an insult you have him down at number 22

wow

24 Larry David Larry David Lawrence Gene "Larry" David is an American comedian, writer, actor, playwright, and television producer.
25 Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984.

He is the GOAT believe that

26 Mike Myers Mike Myers Michael John "Mike" Myers is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, and film producer, who also holds British and American citizenship.
27 Don Rickles Don Rickles

The greatest of all time

Don is TOP 5

Knowbody even the great comedians an people of his time couldn’t joust back in forth with him

28 Hugh Dennis Hugh Dennis Peter Hugh Dennis is an English comedian, actor, writer, impressionist and voice-over artist, best known for being one half of Punt and Dennis with comedy partner Steve Punt, and playing Pete Brockman, the father in the BBC One sitcom Outnumbered.
29 Daniel Tosh Daniel Tosh

This guy is here purely because he is so funny. Some people say "he's not funny, he's just an ass, " well I say to you people, how about you try becoming rich and famous for being an ass. Not so easy is it. I love his jokes but what is even funnier is offended people's reactions to his jokes. He has no boundaries and that's what makes him great. Tosh.0 is also a fantastic show. Keep it up Tosh!

30 Tim Allen Tim Allen

Funny funny funny

31 Jonathan Winters

The best improvisational comic ever and the guy who made Robin Williams great.

Best improv

32 Will Ferrell Will Ferrell John William "Will" Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. He first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.
33 Jimmy Kimmel Jimmy Kimmel
34 Kevin Hart Kevin Hart Kevin Darnell Hart is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2000 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for ...read more.

Hilarious guy

35 Charlie Chaplin Charlie Chaplin Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era.

He practically invented modern American comedy!

Was the first great comedian in the world! We should respect him for his tramp character! His greatest film The Gold Rush watch it and enjoy!

Undoubtedly the best comedian of all time. never get bored to see his movies and his acting skills. He was a genius.

36 Nick Kroll
37 Jo Brand
38 Bill Maher Bill Maher William "Bill" Maher is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, media critic, and television host.

The master of political and religious satire, he is the whistleblower on stupid people and makes smart people think twice about listening to them. The only problem is the lack of range in his subjects but I guess that's completely his choice.

39 Rodney Dangerfield Rodney Dangerfield Rodney Dangerfield was an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer and writer, known for the catchphrase, I don't get no respect!, and his monologues on that theme.

No one makes me laugh like Rodney.

40 Bobby Lee
41 Al Madrigal
42 Harry Hill Harry Hill Harry Hill is an English comedian, author and television presenter best known for narrating You've Been Framed!
43 Bill Cosby Bill Cosby William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr., is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. ...read more.
44 Joan Rivers Joan Rivers Joan Alexandra Molinsky, better known as Joan Rivers, was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona - where she was alternately self-deprecating or sharply acerbic, especially toward celebrities and politicians.
45 Kathleen Madigan

Why isn't Groucho in the top ten? Ahead of his time and still loved today even by those of us too young to have seen him in his day

46 Jim Jefferies Jim Jefferies Geoffrey James Nugent, known professionally as Jim Jefferies, is an Australian stand-up comedian, actor, and writer.

I'm Australian and I think he's the greatest Australian comedian of all time. His looks and accent make it seem that he's stupid but if you listen to what he says you realise he's one of the smartest people in the world. I love how he can go to the "Jesus Country" aka USA and blatantly abuse religions and religious people. Legit is a great show.

47 Bo Burnham Bo Burnham Robert Pickering Burnham is an American comedian, musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and poet.

Truly great. He has a great sense of comedic timing, punchlines, ideas, and he’s just an all around creative guy. Everything is planned out to a T, like the “water” bit from his special ‘what.’
All around respectable

48 George Lopez George Lopez George Lopez is an American comedian, actor, and talk show host. He is known for starring in his self-produced ABC sitcom George Lopez.
49 David Spade David Spade

so good

50 Emo Philips
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